the big reveal

March 28, 2009

I always imagined I’d wait to find out if my baby was a boy or girl. I like traditions and I like surprises, and this tradition seemed like the sweetest surprise. But when I had to wait 9 months to meet my nephew Calder, I could barely stand it. I realized that when it was my turn, I’d want to know—no, need to know.

The big reveal was Thursday, and it was nothing short of amazing.

It started with the usual black-and-white blur, a game of “name that bodypart.” And then, our baby’s profile flashed across the screen. Tiny eyes, a button nose and little lips. We caught glimpses of a heart beating, arms wiggling and legs kicking. I gasped. “That’s a baby!” I kept thinking. “That’s our baby!”

Mystery Hughes
Our baby’s tiny, precious profile

I watched eagerly and cautiously, as the doctor scanned the baby’s body, taking notes and measurements, slowly feeding us bits of information. When he told us the baby had grown to a healthy size, a wave of relief came over me.

He asked, “Do you know the gender, yet?”

“No,” I said. “…do you?”

“Yup,” he said, and quietly kept typing.

And then, across the screen came a message, “I’M A BOY,” with an arrow pointing to the telltale sign.

So it turns out little Mystery Hughes is a Mister. We’re having a boy!

Rama and I have been alternately teary and giddy since we found out. It’s so easy to imagine cradling our baby boy one minute and to get quickly swept away into fretting about his teenage years the next. It seems ridiculous, but also feels impossible not to. It’s just so real, now. Our baby is no longer an “it” and certainly no longer a wish. He’s a little baby boy, and he’s growing inside me.


  1. rama says:

    i remember all that.

  2. stacy says:

    *tears* yay!!!! this was so fun to read.

  3. x says:

    how exciting! i am one of those who have always know that i would not want to know, but as soon as i got pregnant i gained just a little bit of understanding for those who do. I still believe in the surprise ending/beginning, but i do feel very tempted! congratulations on the little boy wonder!

  4. mary catherine says:

    i thought i’d want the surprise too, but my husband’s impatience rubbed off on me and we just couldn’t wait to know just that tiny bit more about our wee girl. so excited for you and can’t wait to hear about the rest of your adventure with the little dude!

  5. rebecca says:

    you tell the best stories Christine…that’s one lucky little boy :)

  6. Courtney says:

    Congratulations, Christine :)

  7. Barbara says:

    Congratulations Christine! I felt the excitement while reading your post :)

  8. Jenny V. says:

    there’s already so many lovely surprises and unexpected things, yay for finding out it’s a boy! now onto the name brainstorming, :)

  9. kaity says:

    congratulations to you both! what a cute little profile.

  10. mcq says:

    oh castro!!! i am so over the moon for you and your boy.

    hey, can you email me your address?

  11. Lauren says:

    boy oh boy! these are wonderful times. you do tell the best stories!

  12. Josephine says:

    That is the sweetest story! Congratulations to you both.

  13. maria says:

    I’m so happy for you guys. I was tearing up reading your post.

  14. Andy Soria says:

    Yeah! Awesome! I am very excited for you guys! Congratulations! Cheers to both of you! All three of you, even! (I have nothing but joyous exclamations for you!)

    _a. :)

  15. inna says:

    reading your post brought vivid memories of my pregnant days. it’s a one of a kind experience- a miracle. it’s got it’s ups and downs- embrace them all…
    wait for the kicks and the 180 leg flips across your belly. it’s amazing!

    congratulations to you both.

  16. marlu says:

    oh! christine!
    so sweet!
    the excitement is palpable!
    WHAT JOY!!!

  17. heather says:

    how exciting – a baby boy!! congrats to you and rama.

  18. marie says:

    congratulations :)

  19. Juliana says:

    Oh, Christine!
    I’ve been reading maganda for so long now.. It had been a while since my last visit, and I can’t say how happy I was to read these particular news.
    Know that someone is genuinely happy for you all the way accross the globe.
    I wish you all the best.. you, Rama and your baby boy.

  20. Toni says:

    A son! Congratulations!!! I’m having a baby boy too! Cheers to little boys!

  21. crissy says:

    so sweet! congrats on beginning a new chapter!
    i just watched your seahorse video, and was so tickled by the sounds of the crowd and movement of the funny seahorse… what an amusing creature! thanks for sharing! if you’re looking for a meditative break, here’s a short video of my husband morgan meditatively weaving my bike through a subway station in nyc one night.

  22. jen gray says:

    hooray!!!!!!!!!so very happy !!! xoxo

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